Overwatch Patch Notes – June 5, 2018

A new Overwatch patch is currently in development and now available for testing. To share your feedback or report and issue, please post in the PTR Feedback or PTR Bug Report forums.

Please note that the below patch notes only include changes currently available for testing on the PTR. While many of these changes will also be available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in a future patch, the PTR is PC-only and therefore will only reflect changes coming specifically to that platform.

PATCH HIGHLIGHTS

Endorsements

Acknowledge your fellow Overwatch players’ positivity with endorsements! Recognize commendable behavior for players exhibiting sportsmanship, being a good teammate, or for shot calling. Commend players who lead you to victory, put the team’s needs above their own, or exhibit humility in victory or grace in defeat. Endorsements are readily available to view on Career Profiles, the Groups menu, and more so you can tell at a glance the types of players you’re playing with. Those who consistently maintain a high endorsement level will receive periodic rewards, while those who display negative behavior or accrue suspensions will lose their endorsements.

Looking for Group

Play your way using the Looking for Group feature! You can craft your gameplay experience before stepping into a match by using specific parameters to create your dream team. Join a team of other like-minded players or lead a group of your own by creating a group with your personal preferences such as game mode, role enforcement, and more. Those who want to queue up for Quick Play, Play vs AI, or any competitive mode can set the types of roles others can play. These specifications will then be activated in-game (e.g. players who chose a Support role will be restricted to only using heroes in that category).

GENERAL UPDATES

  • All heroes in the Defense and Offense categories have been merged into a new category: Damage

Developer Comments: Since the line between Offense and Defense heroes has become increasingly blurred, we’ve decided to group all those heroes into a single new “Damage” category. We believe that the term more closely matches the role name used in Overwatch League and across most of our community.

  • Combat can now be heard 25% further away
  • Changed the name of the Varok spray to Saurfang
  • Added an Inspire Uptime Percentage statistic for Brigitte on the Career Profile
  • Removed some statistics for Symmetra on the Career Profile
  • Added a Scoped Critical Hit Accuracy statistic for Widowmaker on the Career Profile
  • Players must have Blizzard SMS Protect enabled on their account to be eligible for the Top 500
  • Career Profiles will no longer be public by default (now defaults to Friends Only). An option to make Career Profiles visible has been added under Options > Social > Profile Visibility
  • The Acknowledge and Interact buttons are now seperate input bindings

GAME BROWSER AND CUSTOM GAMES

  • Symmetra can now be played in 1v1 duel game modes (e.g. 1v1 Limited Duel and 1v1 Mystery Duel)

HERO UPDATES

Doomfist

  • Meteor Strike
    • Bonus movement speed increased from 150% to 200%
  • The Best Defense…
    • Shield gain increased from 30 to 35 for normal abilities

Developer Comments:  The increased movement speed on Meteor Strike gives Doomfist new options in how and where to deploy it. His passive is also being increased, allowing him to survive more often when diving into enemies

McCree

  • Deadeye
    • Range increased from 70 meters to 200 meters

Developer Comments:  While McCree’s Deadeye rarely came into play at 70 meters, we are increasing the range so it cannot be a limiting factor during normal gameplay.

Orisa

  • Supercharger
    • Ultimate cost reduced by 15%

Developer Comments:  Supercharger wasn't getting enough use, considering its impact. This change allows Orisa to user her ultimate more aggressively, knowing that she will be able to generate them more easily. 

Symmetra

  • New Abilities
    • Photon Projector
      • No longer locks onto targets
      • Range increased to 10 meters
      • Damage ramping now takes 2 seconds per damage level instead of 1 second
      • Damage ramp increased from 30/60/120 to 60/120/180
      • Now generates ammo instead of spending it when hitting a barrier
    • Alternate Fire
      • No longer pierces targets
      • Now explodes on contact
      • Projectile speed increased
      • Charge up speed increased
      • Damage changed to 60 impact / 60 explosive
    • Sentry Turret
      • Turret is now placed like a projectile instead of being set in place
      • Can hold a max of 3, down from 6
      • Can now deploy a max 3, down from 6
      • Damage increased
      • Amount of slowing effect increased
    • Teleporter
      • Can now place the exit up to 25 meters away from Symmetra
      • Entrance will automatically be built in front of Symmetra, rather than at her team’s spawn point
      • Lasts 10 seconds
      • Health lowered to 300
      • More things can teleport through it (e.g. Junkrat’s RIP-Tire)
      • Entrance can be destroyed
        • If either the entrance or exit is destroyed, the other is removed
    • New Ultimate: Photon Barrier
      • Deploys a barrier that is big enough to span and cut through an entire map
      • Orientation can be changed by pressing the ultimate button again
      • Has 5000 health

Developer Comments: The goal of these changes is to move Symmetra to her new damage role and make her more flexible and viable across more areas of the game than she was previously. Now that Symmetra is no longer a support hero, she is expected to be able to dish out heavy damage, and these changes allow for her to do so. She should be more powerful and interesting in more team compositions and maps, and she should also be stronger on offense and defense.

MAP UPDATES

Horizon Lunar Colony

  • Point A
    • Added a staircase on the right when exiting the hydroponics room
    • Removed the door to the lower room on the right
    • Removed the small wall on the catwalk above Point A
    • Added some cover walls to the catwalk area
    • Moved the door next to the staircase that led to Winston’s room
    • The door is now on the side of the wall in the training pit
    • Moved the large health pack to the back of the room
    • Removed some clutter in the upper left computer room
  • Hydroponics Room
    • Switched the positions of the large and small health pack
    • Changed some of the hydroponic plant cover on the right side
  • Point B
    • Defender spawn room exits moved from the front to the sides out of direct line of fire
    • Small rooms added at spawn room exits
    • Additional cover added near the spawn room exits
    • Added a route and larger platform leading to the back right corner
    • Raised the platform to the same height as the attackers’ platform on the opposite side of the point
    • The location of the old defender exit is now an alcove with a small health pack
    •  Both teams can still pass behind the point, but there is now a cut-through in the middle of the wall for better access. 
    • The area above the window overlooking the point is now covered
    • A large platform with cover has been attached to the left side of the catwalk
    • The upper platform for the attackers has been reduced
    • The doorway leading to the platform is slightly smaller

Developer Comments: We’ve wanted to make some gameplay improvements to Horizon Lunar Colony for some time now.  The defenders’ spawn room had a problem with its main exit that allowed defenders to quickly duck back inside and regain health while attackers shot at them without doing damage. Since we were already reworking the entire back area, we decided to make some more changes addressing player feedback. The idea behind the rework of Point A was to not only help the defenders a bit, but also provide some gameplay options aside from sitting on the point and trying to hold it for as long as possible. Easier access to high ground, as well as limiting the routes for attackers (or at least allowing for defenders to more easily spot the attackers), will allow more opportunity for counters and create a better gameplay experience. 

We’ve made a lot of additions and changes to the art throughout the map for you to discover as well.

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed a bug that prevented loading screens from displaying the game mode

Heroes

  • Ana
    • Fixed a bug that prevented Ana’s Naptime achievement from being granted when interrupting Moira’s Coalescence
    • Fixed a bug that caused Ana’s Sleep Dart effect to persist on afflicted targets after changing heroes
  • Brigitte
    • Fixed a bug that caused Junkrat’s grenades to damage Brigitte when hitting her barrier
    • Fixed a bug that caused Brigitte’s Rocket Flail to clip into the ground during her Flail highlight intro on King’s Row
    • Fixed a bug that allowed Brigitte to proc Inspire when hitting gondola omnics with her Rocket Flail in Rialto
    • Fixed a bug that allowed Brigitte to proc Inspire by hitting the motorcycle in the Junkertown attacker spawn room
    • Fixed a bug that allowed Brigitte to use Shield Bash while affected by Steel Trap or Graviton Surge
    • Fixed a bug that prevented Brigitte’s Inspire passive from sometimes healing allies out of line of sight
  • Doomfist
    • Fixed a bug that prevented Doomfist’s Rising Uppercut animation from playing when used after hitting something with Rocket Punch
    • Fixed a bug that allowed Doomfist to use Seismic Slam and escape Graviton Surge when within range
    • Fixed a bug that prevented Doomfist’s Rocket Punch, Rising Uppercut, and Seismic Slam from not playing the appropriate sound effect if these abilities were disabled or on cooldown
    • Fixed a bug that prevented enemies struck by Doomfist’s Rocket Punch from taking additional collision damage when hitting Mei’s Cryo-freeze
    • Fixed a bug that caused Doomfist’s failed Seismic Slams to display the wrong UI information
    • Fixed a bug that prevented Doomfist’s Meteor Strike cooldown UI from being hidden if he died during its activation
    • Fixed a bug that prevented the HUD messaging for Doomfist’s Meteor Strike to indicate that players can zoom their camera out
    • Fixed a bug that prevented Rocket Punch’s bonus damage from applying if the enemy used an evasive ability at the same time they hit a wall (e.g. Moira’s Fade, Tracer’s Blink, or Reaper’s Wraith Form)
    • Fixed an issue that prevented Doomfist’s Rocket Punch from impacting some walls
  • D.Va
    • Fixed a bug that caused D.Va’s mech to do a standing pose right before detonating
    • Fixed a bug prevented the South Korean flag decal from displaying when she was in her mech
    • Fixed a bug prevented projectiles from hitting D.Va if she stood behind her mech after it detonated
  • Hanzo​
    • Fixed a bug that caused Hanzo’s Storm Bow projectiles to sometimes use the sound effect for Storm Arrow
  • Lucio
    • Fixed a bug that prevented Lúcio from using his Sonic Amplifier when waving hello
  • McCree
    • Fixed a bug that prevented McCree’s Flashbang from giving credit for environmental kills
    • Fixed a bug that caused McCree’s Deadeye targeting markers to persist if the target died while it was active
  • Mei
    • Fixed a bug that prevented Mei from receiving environmental kill credit if her targets were frozen
    • Fixed a bug that caused Mei’s projectiles to appear that they weren’t passing through friendly barriers
  • Mercy
    • Fixed a bug that prevented the cooldown on Mercy’s Guardian Angel from being refunded while Valkyrie was active
  • Moira
    • Fixed a bug that prevented Moira’s Biotic Grasp from damaging barriers
    • Fixed a bug that caused Moira’s Biotic Grasp’s beam to disappear when attaching to barriers from certain angles
    • Fixed a bug that prevented players from receiving the Excuse Me achievement when successfully interrupting Moira’s Coalescence
    • Fixed a bug that allowed Moira’s Biotic Grasp to heal targets behind an enemy barrier
  • Orisa
    • Fixed a bug that prevented players from being awarded Orisa’s Halt State achievement
    • Fixed a bug that prevented Orisa’s Fusion Driver from closing if her Halt projectile was affected by Defense Matrix or Deflect immediately after it spawned
  • Pharah
    • Fixed a bug that prevented Pharah from being knocked back by her Concussive Blast in spawn rooms
  • Reaper
    • Fixed a bug with Reaper’s Shadow Step sound effect continuously playing while moving around on breakable terrain in Petra.
  • Reinhardt
    • Fixed a bug that prevented Reinhardt’s Rocket Hammer eliminations from receiving credit in the Kill Feed
    • Fixed a bug that caused Reinhardt’s Barrier Field from not playing the correct sound effect if it was affected by Sombra’s Hack
    • Fixed a bug that caused Reinhardt’s Barrier Field cooldown to cancel an active hammer swing when it became ready to use
  • Sombra
    • Fixed a bug that prevented Sombra’s Translocator from being destroyed when it was thrown off a level
    • Fixed a bug that prevented Sombra’s Hack from interrupting Symmetra’s Teleporter placement
    • Fixed a bug caused Sombra’s Hack to be interrupted by thin environment objects (e.g. lamp posts)
  • Symmetra
    • Fixed a bug that caused Symmetra’s Teleporter to self-destruct when it was placed
    • Fixed a bug that prevented players from escaping Zarya’s Graviton Surge with Symmetra’s Teleporter
    • Fixed a bug that allowed Symmetra’s Photon Projector to do higher damage when rapidly toggled on and off
    • Fixed a bug that prevented Symmetra’s Photon Barrier from blocking Reinhardt’s Earthshatter
    • Fixed a bug that allowed Symmetra’s Photon Projector to gain charge when used on breakable objects
    • Fixed a bug that prevented Symmetra’s Photon Barrier from being placed with the correct orientation if the player rapidly turned during its placement
    • Fixed a bug that prevented Symmetra’s Photon Barrier from being placed on moving platforms or payloads
    • Fixed a bug that allowed Symmetra’s Sentry Turrets to deploy at maximum range without sticking to a surface
    • Fixed a bug that prevented Torbjörn’s turret from being built on Symmetra’s Teleporter
    • Fixed a bug that prevented Symmetra’s secondary fire from consuming ammo when minimally charged
    • Fixed a bug that prevented Symmetra’s Sentry Turrets from dealing the correct amount of damage and slow values
    • Fixed a bug that allowed Symmetra to place her turrets inside chests and vending machines
  • Tracer
    • Fixed a bug that caused Tracer’s Pulse Bomb to stick on the opposite side of barriers when thrown at a certain angle
    • Fixed a bug that caused Tracer’s animation to pause at the start of her Bomb Spin emote
  • Widowmaker
    • Fixed a bug that caused Widowmaker’s shooting animation to become stuck if she scoped while firing and then jumped
    • Fixed a bug with the grammar in the flavor text for Widowmaker’s Comtesse skin
  • Winston
    • Fixed a bug where placing Winston’s Barrier Projector while going a step upwards would cause it to fall through the floor

Maps

  • Rialto
    • Fixed a bug where heroes would move left and right on their own while standing in one of the speed boats in the canal
    • Fixed a bug where players were able to apply a spray on the surface of a body of water

Overwatch PTR Patch Notes – May 7, 2018

A new Overwatch patch is currently in development and now available for testing. To share your feedback or report and issue, please post in the PTR Feedback or PTR Bug Report forums.

Please note that the below patch notes only include changes currently available for testing on the PTR. While many of these changes will also be available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in a future patch, the PTR is PC-only and therefore will only reflect changes coming specifically to that platform.

GENERAL UPDATES

Player Warnings

  • Added notes to the player behavior warnings that account closure is now possible if poor behavior persists
  • Changed the term “Griefing” to “Gameplay Sabotage” in the player warning popup text

Ana

  • Biotic Rifle
    • No longer impacts allies with full health
    • Clip size incrased from 10 to 14

Developer Comments: These changes should help Ana when she is trying to land clutch heals in the middle of a big fight. Allies that do not need healing will no longer potentially block shots meant for allies that do, and increasing her magazine size makes it less likely to be forced into a reload in the middle of an important fight.

Brigitte

  • Rally
    • Maximum armor per player reduced from 150 to 100
  • Shield Bash
    • Cooldown increased from 5 to 6 seconds

Developer Comments: Brigitte’s ultimate is very powerful, especially when it is stacked up to its maximum on her whole team. This first change reduces the impact of a it being fully stacked without reducing its overall power in the middle of a battle. Her shield bash is a very strong ability on a fairly short cooldown, making it difficult for her opponents to play around. Increasing this cooldown allows for more counter play when playing against her.

GAME BROWSER AND CUSTOM GAMES

General

  • Added Infinite Ultimate Duration and Scalable Ultimate Duration options for Moira’s Coalescence

Free-for-All Deathmatch

  • Ana can now Nano Boost herself

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed a bug that prevented the “If found return to Road” text from displaying on Junkrat’s bracelet when his Beachrat skin was equipped

Deathmatch

  • Fixed a bug that caused Sombra to be revealed to all enemies if targeted by Hanzo’s Sonic Arrow or Widowmaker’s Infra-sight while stealthed

Overwatch PTR Patch Notes – May 3, 2018

A new Overwatch patch is currently in development and now available for testing. To share your feedback or report and issue, please post in the PTR Feedback or PTR Bug Report forums.

Please note that the below patch notes only include changes currently available for testing on the PTR. While many of these changes will also be available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in a future patch, the PTR is PC-only and therefore will only reflect changes coming specifically to that platform.

GENERAL UPDATES

Player Warnings

  • Added notes to the player behavior warnings that account closure is now possible if poor behavior persists
  • Changed the term “Griefing” to “Gameplay Sabotage” in the player warning popup text

Ana

  • Biotic Rifle
    • No longer impacts allies with full health

Developer Comments:

Brigitte

  • Rally
    • Maximum armor per player reduced from 150 to 100

Developer Comments:

GAME BROWSER AND CUSTOM GAMES

General

  • Mercy’s Regeneration (passive ability) can now be turned off in Custom Game settings
  • Settings for Hanzo’s Lunge and Storm Arrow abilities can now be found in the Custom Game settings 

Free-for-All Deathmatch

  • Ana can now Nano Boost herself

Developer Comments:

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed a bug that prevented the “If found return to Road” text from displaying on Junkrat’s bracelet when his Beachrat skin was equipped

A.I.

  • Fixed a bug that prevented training bots from returning to their original position and behavior after being hit with an ability (e.g. Lúcio’s Soundwave)
  • Fixed a bug that caused bots to use the wrong route when tracking down the player if their target jumped off a ledge
  • Fixed a bug that caused bots to get stuck on the siege tank in the StarCraft area of Blizzard World

Game Browser and Custom Game

  • Fixed a bug that caused custom game invites to persist on the invitee’s screen

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Bastion’s Zwing Zwing Zwing voice line from playing if the Null Sector skin was equipped
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Brigitte from using abilities or Rocket Flail while her Repair Pack was in flight
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Genji’s melee attack from making sound effects
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Genji’s golden weapon variant from displaying its golden sheen when some skins were equipped
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Junkrat’s RIP-TIRE to be immune to the freeze effects of Mei’s Endothermic Blaster
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Lúcio to move around while caught in Junkrat’s Steel Trap
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Lúcio to travel straight up using Wall Ride
  • Fixed a bug that prevented crowd control abilities from affecting Resurrect (e.g. McCree’s Flashbang)
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Moira’s flask from displaying in her Erlenmeyer victory pose when an Overwatch League skin was equipped
  • Fixed a bug that caused Reaper’s Hellfire Shotguns to float when previewing his Dance emote in Hero Gallery
  • Fixed a bug that caused the camera to not focus correctly when viewing Roadhog’s Mug Shot victory pose
  • Fixed a bug that caused Roadhog’s Chain Hook to float during his Footsteps highlight intro
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the laser sight from Sombra’s Machine Pistol golden variant from tapering at its end if her Talon skin equipped
  • Fixed a bug that caused Widowaker’s HUD to disappear if she used Widow’s Kiss while looking through the scope
  • Fixed a bug that caused the logos on Symmetra’s Overwatch League skins to appear faded when viewed in the Hero Gallery
  • Fixed a bug that caused the logos on Torbjörn’s Overwatch League skins to appear faded when viewed in the Hero Gallery

Maps

  • Fixed a bug that caused bots to get stuck walking into the side of the Rikimaru Ramen Shop on Hanamura
  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to place turrets in unintended locations on Horizon Lunar Colony
  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to reach unintended locations in Horizon Lunar Colony
  • Fixed a bug that caused the pig head on the bike to float after the bike had been destroyed in Junkertown
  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to place turrets and Symmetra’s Teleporter in unintended locations in Junkertown

Overwatch PTR Patch Notes – April 18, 2018

A new Overwatch patch is currently in development and now available for testing. To share your feedback or report and issue, please post in the PTR Feedback or PTR Bug Report forums.

Please note that the below patch notes only include changes currently available for testing on the PTR. While many of these changes will also be available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in a future patch, the PTR is PC-only and therefore will only reflect changes coming specifically to that platform.

PATCH HIGHLIGHTS

New Escort Map: Rialto

  • Rialto was home to Talon agent Antonio Bartalotti’s sprawling estate and the backdrop to the infamous “Venice Incident,” a turning point for Overwatch and Talon. The Italian government has taken great steps to preserve Venice, and the results are striking. Tourists visiting this picturesque town can sample the regional cuisine, enjoy a relaxing gondola ride, visit Galleria D’arte Omnica, or simply take in the sights with a stroll along the canal.

HERO UPDATES

Brigitte

  • Shield Bash
    • Cone angle reduced from 90 to 60 

Developer Comments: When fighting against Brigitte, it often felt like Shield Bash was able to hit players who felt like they were out of its range and should have dodged it. On the flip side, when playing as Brigitte sometimes players would hit the wrong enemy in the middle of a fight. With the cone being reduced, the ability is more accurate to its visual representation.

Genji

  • Deflect
    • Hitbox size has been reduced

Developer Comments: The hitbox on Genji’s Deflect was big enough that it would sometimes reflect projectiles that were pretty far away from him. We’ve tightened up the hitbox, which should solve this problem while still fully protecting him from projectiles that would hit him from the front.

Hanzo

  • Storm Bow
    • Projectile speed increased from 85 to 100
  • Sonic Arrow
    • Cooldown decreased from 20 seconds to 12 seconds
    • Duration decreased from 10 seconds to 6 seconds
    • Radius decreased from 10 meters to 7 meters
  • New Abilities
    • Lunge
      • Press jump while in the air to leap horizontally
    • Storm Arrows
      • Replaces his existing Scatter Arrow ability
      • Hanzo can now rapidly fire up to 6 arrows that deal reduced damage but are always fired at full power

Developer Comments: The goal of these Hanzo changes is to allow him to have new options and maintain his high damage output, while removing the frustration of fighting against the old Scatter Arrow. Hanzo is now much more mobile with his new Lunge ability, and with the combination of the bow projectile speed increase and the new Storm Arrows ability he can now deal his high damage more consistently than ever before.

Junkrat

  • Frag Launcher
    • Projectile size decreased from 0.3 to 0.2
  • RIP-Tire
    • Tire movement speed decreased from 13 to 12

Developer Comments: These changes are aimed at lowering some of the most frustrating parts about playing against Junkrat. Decreasing the Frag Launcher’s projectile size means he will have to aim a bit more carefully to land powerful direct hits and slowing the RIP-Tire’s movement speed gives his opponents slightly more time to destroy it before it detonates.

Lúcio

  • Wall Ride
    • Wall riding is less likely to be interrupted along a single surface
    • Can now go around corners (both outside corners, and inside corners) without having to leave the wall
    • Can now land back on the same wall after leaping away, provided his leap takes him far enough away from the original jumping off point.
    • Movement speed bonus when leaping off walls decreased from 2.5 to 2.0 meters per second
    • Added a minimum time that they jump key must be held before Lúcio can ride around corners

Developer Comments: This change is just part of the overall changes to wall riding. Now that you can ride on many more surface and boost/land on the same surface, we're reducing the leap boost itself slightly.

  • Soundwave
    • No longer consumes ammo

Developer Comments: Wall Ride has been significantly overhauled to allow it to function more smoothly across more areas of every map. Lúcio players should instantly notice a huge improvement in where and how Wall Ride can be used. In addition, Sonic Amplifier’s Soundwave ability was unnecessarily controlled by both a cooldown and an ammo cost, so we’re removing the ammo cost.

Tracer

  • Pulse Bomb
    • Max damage decreased from 400 to 300

Developer Comments: Pulse Bomb was too good at killing tanks, who can be easy to stick due to their size. This damage reduction makes it less powerful as a tank-destroyer, while keeping it lethal against most other heroes.

GAME BROWSER AND CUSTOM GAMES

General

  • Mercy’s Regeneration (passive ability) can now be turned off in Custom Game settings
  • Settings for Hanzo’s Lunge and Storm Arrow abilities can now be found in the Custom Game settings
  • Added a No Limits Arcade mode

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed a bug that caused the option “Invite to a Custom Game” to appear while in the Tutorial and Practice Range

A.I.

  • Fixed a bug that prevented training bots from returning to their original position and behavior after being hit with an ability (e.g. Lúcio’s Soundwave)
  • Fixed a bug that caused bots to use the wrong route when tracking down the player if their target jumped off a ledge
  • Fixed a bug that caused bots to get stuck on the siege tank in the StarCraft area of Blizzard World

Game Browser and Custom Game

  • Fixed a bug that caused custom game invites to persist on the invitee’s screen

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Bastion’s Zwing Zwing Zwing voice line from playing if the Null Sector skin was equipped
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Brigitte from using abilities or Rocket Flail while her Repair Pack was in flight
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Genji’s melee attack from making sound effects
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Genji’s golden weapon variant from displaying its golden sheen when some skins were equipped
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Junkrat’s RIP-TIRE to be immune to the freeze effects of Mei’s Endothermic Blaster
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Lúcio to move around while caught in Junkrat’s Steel Trap
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Lúcio to travel straight up using Wall Ride
  • Fixed a bug that prevented crowd control abilities from affecting Resurrect (e.g. McCree’s Flashbang)
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Moira’s flask from displaying in her Erlenmeyer victory pose when an Overwatch League skin was equipped
  • Fixed a bug that caused Reaper’s Hellfire Shotguns to float when previewing his Dance emote in Hero Gallery
  • Fixed a bug that caused the camera to not focus correctly when viewing Roadhog’s Mug Shot victory pose
  • Fixed a bug that caused Roadhog’s Chain Hook to float during his Footsteps highlight intro
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the laser sight from Sombra’s Machine Pistol golden variant from tapering at its end if her Talon skin equipped
  • Fixed a bug that caused Widowaker’s HUD to disappear if she used Widow’s Kiss while looking through the scope
  • Fixed a bug that caused the logos on Symmetra’s Overwatch League skins to appear faded when viewed in the Hero Gallery
  • Fixed a bug that caused the logos on Torbjörn’s Overwatch League skins to appear faded when viewed in the Hero Gallery

Maps

  • Fixed a bug that caused bots to get stuck walking into the side of the Rikimaru Ramen Shop on Hanamura
  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to place turrets in unintended locations on Horizon Lunar Colony
  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to reach unintended locations in Horizon Lunar Colony
  • Fixed a bug that caused the pig head on the bike to float after the bike had been destroyed in Junkertown
  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to place turrets and Symmetra’s Teleporter in unintended locations in Junkertown

Overwatch PTR Patch Notes – March 22, 2018

A new Overwatch patch is currently in development and now available for testing. To share your feedback or report and issue, please post in the PTR Feedback or PTR Bug Report forums.

Please note that the below patch notes only include changes currently available for testing on the PTR. While many of these changes will also be available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in a future patch, the PTR is PC-only and therefore will only reflect changes coming specifically to that platform.

MAP UPDATES

Blizzard World

  • Moved the first payload checkpoint (Pylon Terrace) back 10 meters

Developer Comments: We moved the checkpoint back for two reasons. The original location swung the map’s balance too far in one direction (favoring the defenders). Also, once the payload reached the checkpoint, defenders returning from spawn could get pinned in this area, usually resulting in their death.

GENERAL UPDATES

General

  • Players can choose to “Avoid as Teammate” with a dropdown menu in the Career Profile

Developer Comments: The addition of the “Avoid as Teammate” option gives players the ability to craft their online gameplay experience. Up to two players can be selected with this feature. If you use the “Avoid as Teammate” option on a player, the matchmaker will no longer place you on a team with the avoided player for one week. To learn more about this feature, click here.

Report Menu

  • The “Poor Teamwork” dropdown menu option has been removed
  • The “Griefing” dropdown menu option has been renamed “Gameplay Sabotage”

Developer Comments: Due to player confusion about the most appropriate category to report players for poor or toxic gameplay, we are removing the Poor Teamwork option from the reporting system. Players should instead use the Gameplay Sabotage option when players actively harass or disrupt their own team with game mechanics or their actions. Players should not be reported simply for performing poorly, since everyone occasionally has a bad game.

Heroes

  • Sombra’s “Enemies Hacked” end-of-round card now also displays her offensive assists
  • Brigitte’s Golden Weapon variant will now also give her a golden shield
  • Changed Mercy’s Valkyrie voice line

UI

  • Simplified Hero Select tips for roles

HERO UPDATES

D.Va

  • Micro Missiles
    • Explosive damage reduced from 6 to 4

Developer Comments: D.Va’s burst potential is a bit too high, and her Micro Missiles are a major part of that. Currently each missile deals 3 impact damage and 6 explosive damage. We’re reducing explosive damage from 6 to 4 but leaving the impact damage the same, the net result being 22% damage reduction.

Mei

  • Endothermic Blaster
    • Now pierces through enemies

Developer Comments: This change helps Mei combat multiple targets that are clumped up and also makes it easier to keep her freezing a specific target if another enemy gets in the way. In addition, this change helps her ultimate more consistently be able to freeze more targets, especially if they are near each other. Note: While her shots now pierce enemies, they still do not pierce barriers such as Reinhardt’s shield.

Reaper

  • Death Blossom
    • Reloads Hellfire Shotguns after use
  • Wraith Form
    • Move speed bonus increased from 25% to 50%
    • You can now cancel the ability by pressing the Shift or Primary Fire hotkey

Developer Comments: These changes help Reaper use Wraith Form more consistently as an escape, but they also open up new options, such as chasing down key targets.

Moira

  • Biotic Grasp
    • Transparency increased the closer you are to a target
  • Coalescence
    • Now becomes more transparent the closer its visual effects are to a player’s camera
  • Fade
    • Transparency increased the closer you are to a target

Developer Comments: Due to issues with visibility, we have made most of Moira’s visual effects fade away the closer they are to the camera. We have also made modifications to Coalescence to greatly increase the ability for foes and allies alike to see through it when facing it.

Zenyatta

  • Orb of Destruction
    • Secondary fire rate of fire reduced by 15%

Developer Comments: Zenyatta is meant to be able to deal a lot of damage, especially for a support, but his alternate fire burst damage was a bit too high. This change keeps the overall damage the same but lowers the DPS slightly and makes it harder to hit multiple shots at very long ranges.

USER INTERFACE UPDATES

General

  • Heroes can now be selected by double-clicking the hero icon during Hero Select
  • Added leaderboard information to the competitive information screen. This can be accessed by right-clicking the menu on the competitive card

GAME BROWSER AND CUSTOM GAMES UPDATES

General

  • Lockout Elimination cards in the Arcade are now just referred to as Elimination

BUG FIXES

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Bastion from firing projectiles immediately after going into Tank configuration
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Bastion from being knocked back while transforming during Configuration: Tank
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Brigitte’s impact effects from playing when hitting the environment
  • Fixed a bug that caused Brigitte’s aim to be slightly offset after using Shield Bash
  • Fixed a bug that caused a player’s camera to jitter when spectating Doomfist during his Meteor Strike
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Doomfist’s Meteor Strike from landing where it was telegraphed when standing close to a ledge
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Doomfist’s Meteor Strike to access unintended locations
  • Fixed a bug that caused Doomfist’s Meteor Strike to penetrate angled surfaces as he descended
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Doomfist’s Rocket Punch from impacting enemies or
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Junkrat from being knocked back while piloting his RIP-Tire
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Orisa’s Halt! to sometimes affect enemy targets behind walls
  • Fixed a bug that caused McCree’s Peacekeeper to grow substantially during the hero select screen when certain skins were equipped
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Moira’s Biotic Orb to pass through Mei’s Ice Wall
  • Fixed a bug that caused Tracer’s Recall to activate differently based on the player’s latency

Overwatch PTR Patch Notes – February 28, 2018

A new Overwatch patch is currently in development and now available for testing. To share your feedback or report and issue, please post in the PTR Feedback or PTR Bug Report forums.

Please note that the below patch notes only include changes currently available for testing on the PTR. While many of these changes will also be available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in a future patch, the PTR is PC-only and therefore will only reflect changes coming specifically to that platform.

PATCH HIGHLIGHTS

New Hero: Brigitte

An engineer with peerless armor-constructing abilities, Brigitte Lindholm is a valiant squire who fights on the front line to protect her allies.

Brigitte’s armor engineering capabilities make her a stalwart support hero, capable of holding her ground in combat while also providing healing and armor for her allies. Her primary weapon is her heavy-hitting Rocket Flail that she swings in a wide arc in front of her to smash multiple enemies at once. Whip Shot enables Brigitte to fling her flail forward, striking enemies at a distance and knocking them backward. With each blow, Brigitte’s passive ability, Inspire, heals nearby allies over time.

Brigitte’s Barrier Shield deploys a frontal energy barrier that can absorb a limited amount of damage and protect any allies directly behind her. Once her Barrier Shield is deployed, she can use Shield Bash to lunge forward and stun the first enemy in her path. Drawing on her engineering prowess, Brigitte can create Repair Packs to instantly heal wounded allies or provide armor to teammates at maximum health. When Brigitte is at her strongest, she can activate her ultimate ability, Rally—a galvanizing call to arms that generates a substantial amount of armor for nearby allies and increases Brigitte’s movement speed so she can lead them into battle.

To learn more about Brigitte, click here.

BUG FIXES

UI

  • Fixed a bug that prevented the “Restore Defaults” button from resetting all settings in the Social Options tab
  • Fixed a bug that caused players to delete characters at random in the “Save Highlight” text box if they held the delete button while their settings were below 60 FPS

Overwatch PTR Patch Notes – February 14, 2018

A new Overwatch patch is currently in development and now available for testing. To share your feedback or report and issue, please post in the PTR Feedback or PTR Bug Report forums.

Please note that the below patch notes only include changes currently available for testing on the PTR. While many of these changes will also be available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in a future patch, the PTR is PC-only and therefore will only reflect changes coming specifically to that platform.

HERO UPDATES

Doomfist

  • Hand Cannon
    • Ammo recovery rate increased from 0.8 seconds to 0.65 seconds per bullet

Developer Comment: This change will help Doomfist more consistently be able to use his weapon as part of his combos.

Mei

  • Endothermic Blaster
    • Freeze (slow) duration increased from 1 second to 1.5 seconds
    • Weapon alternate fire ammo cost reduced from 25 to 20

Developer Comment: Increasing Mei’s slow duration helps her freeze targets that are particularly elusive such as Genji or Lúcio. Lowering her alternate fire ammo cost allows her to more safely use it without costing her the ability to freeze enemies.

Sombra

Developer Comment: The goal of these changes for Sombra is to remove the necessity for her teammates to take damage and heal themselves with her hacked heath packs to try to get her ultimate charged up quickly. Her ultimate will now come up less often, but there are more abilities that are disabled by Hack so it is more effective when used. Previously, Opportunist would only activate when an enemy’s health bar dipped below 50% but now the passive will reveal all damaged enemies which should help Sombra identify targets to pick off. Overall these changes should make her more effective and less reliant on her ultimate.

USER INTERFACE UPDATES

Mercy

Developer Comment: This helps remove some clutter from Mercy players’ screens when they use her ultimate

  • EMP
    • No longer blocked by small objects (e.g. sign posts)
  • Hack
    • No longer gains ultimate charge from health pack healing
    • Cast time reduced from 0.8 seconds to 0.65 seconds
    • Now disables the following abilities:
      • Genji—Cyber-agility
      • Hanzo—Wall Climb
      • Pharah—Hover Jets
      • Lúcio—Healing Boost and Speed Boost (turns off current song entirely), Wall Ride
      • Mercy—Angelic Descent
  • Machine Pistol
    • Machine Pistol spread reduced from 3 to 2.7
  • Opportunist
    • Enemey health bars are now visibile when health drops below 100% (formerly 50%)
      • Her ability to detect enemies through walls at 50% or less remain unchanged
  • Translocator
    • Duration increased from 15 seconds to 20 seconds
    • Valkyrie
      • No longer shows enemies’ health bars unless they have taken damage

Overwatch PTR Patch Notes – January 4, 2018

A new Overwatch patch is currently in development and now available for testing. To share your feedback or report and issue, please post in the PTR Feedback or PTR Bug Report forums.

Please note that the below patch notes only include changes currently available for testing on the PTR. While many of these changes will also be available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in a future patch, the PTR is PC-only and therefore will only reflect changes coming specifically to that platform.

HERO UPDATES

Junkrat

  • Concussion Mine
    • Will now deal less damage to targets farther away from the explosion’s center

Mercy

  • Valkyrie
    • No longer makes Resurrect instant
    • No longer grants a bonus charge of Resurrect
    • The speed boost that Guardian Angel receives has been decreased by 50%
    • Duration reduced from 20 seconds to 15 seconds

Developer Comment: Junkrat has been enjoying the flexibility his double-charge Concussion Mine provides, but it has now become a bit too easy to throw out huge bursts damage in a large area. With this change he can still dish out similar damage but he must now be more accurate with his tosses.

Mercy’s recent Resurrect changes have helped in allowing enemies to have more counter play in dealing with her, but she was able to use Resurrect through Valkyrie enough to largely mitigate the impact of the previous changes. Additionally, we’re toning back the amount of mobility Valkyrie provides through Guardian Angel and reducing its duration to overall reduce the power of this ability.

We will likely be iterating on these changes in the coming weeks.

Overwatch PTR Patch Notes – December 13, 2017

A new Overwatch patch is currently in development and now available for testing. To share your feedback or report and issue, please post in the PTR Feedback or PTR Bug Report forums.

Please note that the below patch notes only include changes currently available for testing on the PTR. While many of these changes will also be available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in a future patch, the PTR is PC-only and therefore will only reflect changes coming specifically to that platform.

BUG FIXES

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug that could cause Doomfist’s Rocket Punch knock back to be inconsistent if he collided with an enemy using a movement ability (e.g. Winston’s Leap)
  • Fixed a latency issue that caused Doomfist’s Rocket Punch to travel through an enemy instead of dealing damage
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused Doomfist’s Rocket Punch’s directional movement to be unpredictable
  • Fixed an issue that allowed enemies to jump over Doomfist’s Rocket Punch instead of taking damage
  • Fixed a bug that caused enemy players hit by Rocket Punch to sometimes move along the wall impacted instead of taking damage
  • Fixed an issue that caused enemies hit by Doomfist’s Rocket Punch to impact inclines instead of traveling up them
  • Fixed a bug that caused Doomfist’s Rocket Punch to deal wall impact damage to Mercy if she used Valkyrie
  • Fixed a bug that caused Doomfist’s Rocket Punch to activate before intended if he was near Mei’s Ice Wall

Overwatch PTR Patch Notes – December 5, 2017

A new Overwatch patch is currently in development and now available for testing. To share your feedback or report and issue, please post in the PTR Feedback or PTR Bug Report forums.

Please note that the below patch notes only include changes currently available for testing on the PTR. While many of these changes will also be available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in a future patch, the PTR is PC-only and therefore will only reflect changes coming specifically to that platform.

HERO UPDATES

Genji

  • Added green detail textures on Sparrow Genji's sword scabbard when the golden weapon variant is equipped

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed a bug in Elimination mode that caused players to spawn as a random hero at the start of a match instead of the one that was highlighted
  • Fixed a bug that caused the overtime music to continue playing after capturing the first point on Assault/Escort maps

A.I.

  • Fixed a bug that caused Roadhog Bot to get stuck in the spawn room of the Oasis: City Center stage

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug that sometimes caused Doomfist to fall through the ground when using Seismic Slam on an  inclined surface
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Doomfist’s Rocket Punch from destroying breakable objects
  • Fixed a bug that caused Doomfist’s Rocket Punch to not always deal damage when an enemy hits a wall
  • Fixed a bug that caused Doomfist’s Rocket Punch to not always stop an enemies' movement when they impact a wall
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Doomfist’s Rocket Punch from correctly pinning targets to walls
  • Fixed an issue that canceled Doomfist’s Seismic Slam when it was unable to reach the targeted location
  • Fixed an issue that caused Doomfist’s Seismic Slam to trigger instantly when the ability was used to travel up inclines
  • Fixed an issue that prevented D.Va’s Micro Missiles from destroying breakable objects
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Genji to deflect projectiles through walls
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Hanzo’s Storm Bow reload from canceling if he used a melee attack after using his wall climbing ability
  • Fixed a bug that sometimes caused Snowball’s antenna to stretch out of proportion when Mei’s Beekeeper skin was equipped
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Mercy to cast Resurrect on a player that was in the process of being resurrected by another Mercy
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Mercy’s Caduceus Blaster from reloading if the Resurrect was activated without a target
  • Fixed a bug that showed Mercy's Guardian Angel targeting UI on allies while it was already in progress on a selected target
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Hanzo’s Storm Bow reload from canceling if he used a melee attack after using his wall climbing ability
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Moira’s Biotic Orb to pass through terrain and structures
  • Fixed an issue that prevented Moira’s self-healing statistic from being collected and displayed in the game stats
  • Fixed an issue that prevented players from using Moira’s Biotic Orb’s regeneration option when primary fire was disabled
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Moira’s Biotic Orb from depleting over time after being deflected by Genji
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the beam on Moira’s Biotic Grasp from tracking targets correctly
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Moira’s Coalescence from healing an allied Reaper in Wraith Form
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Moira’s Biotic Grasp heal over time from refreshing properly on allies
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Moira’s Biotic Grasp from destroying breakable objects
  • Fixed a bug that sometimes allowed Reinhardt’s Charge to escape abilities that should prevent movement (e.g. Zarya’s Graviton Surge)
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Sombra's Hack from interrupting Tracer's Pulse Bomb if it was being thrown
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Widowmaker’s Grappling Hook from pulling players to moveable objects, even when they were stationary (e.g. the window on the Eichenwalde Castle doors)

Maps

  • Fixed an issue that allowed some heroes to hide on the Junkertown payload when using sit emotes